Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owl's Head, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 4, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln Woods $5 to park 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: around 7 or 8 water crossings, 2 of which were difficult 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: no real issues except lack of markings 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none 
Bugs: few mosquitos but not too bad if you keep moving 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Did this last Friday. Parked at Lincoln Woods around 5:30 am and there were plenty of spaces. Long walk out Lincoln Woods to Franconia Brook trail and then over to Lincoln Brook trail. Plenty of places to get water including around 8 water crossings. Two of the crossings were among the hardest I've had in the Whites. The first one I tried to rock hop but slipped in so just waded across. The second I also waded across in my boots since they were already soaked. Lost the trail at one of the water crossings because I wasn't directly across from where I arrived at the water. Also there were a log of clearings near the water crossings. I'm not sure if I saw a single trail blaze and there was a lot of mud and brush so had to be diligent not to lose the trail. It didn't appear nearly as well tracked as a lot of other trails in the Whites. I also went right past the turn to the "slide" even though there was a cairn there I was perplexed by the "active bears" sign and didn't see anything that obviously looked like a trail so I went right by. Turned back around when things started getting a little more remote and my mileage and elevation numbers didn't look right. The slide was very difficult with lots of loose and slippery rocks on a very steep slope. There are a few cairns to guide you but it wasn't hard to stay on trail for the most part. Passed what I think is referred to as the old summit until I arrived at a small cairn and the trail did not appear to continue even though I bushwhacked a little.
Coming down be real careful on the slide as it's even more treacherous coming down and I slipped a few times. Once you're done with the slide it's about 8 miles back to the parking lot which was pretty boring but hey it's on the list.
Name: Dave F 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-08-06 
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